Hart Tosses Two-Hit Shutout to Carry No. 9 USC to 11-0 Victory Over Washington State|
March 15, 2015
LOS ANGELES - Freshman Mitch Hart threw his first career shutout and the first two-hitter for USC since 2009 as the Trojans cruised to an 11-0 win to take the series over Washington State on Sunday at Dedeaux Field.
Hart (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS) had a career outing, throwing his first complete-game shutout, allowing only one walk and striking out five as he held the Cougars (12-7, 1-2 Pac-12) to just two hits. The last Trojan to throw a two-hitter was big leaguer Anthony Vasquez on May 5, 2009 vs. Cal Poly. The freshman had a no-hitter going through five innings and a one hitter until he allowed a hit in the top of the ninth with two outs.
The Trojans (17-3, 2-1 Pac-12) offensive power was on full display tonight, as Dante Flores (Norwalk, Calif./St. John Bosco HS), David Oppenheim (Mercer Island, Calif./College of the Canyons) and Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) each had solo shots in the game. Stubbs led the team with a 3-for-4 day at the plate, with three runs scored and two RBI. Overall the Trojans had 13 hits on the day, with four different players having multi-hit outings.
The Trojans (17-3, 2-1 Pac-12) got on the board in the first inning, Bobby Stahel (Needles, Calif./Palos Verdes HS) and Garrett Stubbs (Del Mar, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) had back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners. Jeremy Martinez (Fountain Valley, Calif./Mater Dei HS) hit into a double play, but Stahel came home to give the Trojans the 1-0 lead.
The Trojans added two more in the bottom of the second off the solo home runs by Flores and Oppenheim, before breaking open the game in the fifth inning with four runs. The Trojans took advantage of two Cougar errors to bring four home on four hits to make the game 7-0 Trojans.
The Trojans added one more on a balk in the sixth inning, and two more in the seventh on an RBI single from AJ Ramirez (Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield Christian HS) and an RBI double from Blake Lacey (Clovis, Calif./Clovis HS). Stubbs finished things off with his second career home run, a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth inning to push the Trojan lead to 11-0.
The Trojans are back in action at Dedeaux Field on Tuesday, hosting Fresno State at 6 p.m. PT.